India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second T20 International in Auckland on Friday.
The chase was set up by skipper Rohit Sharma (50 off 29 balls) in the company of Shikhar Dhawan (30, 31 balls) with a 79-run stand after Krunal Pandya got three wickets to restrict the hosts to 158/8.
Pant's one-handed six off Tim Southee on the bowler's back drive off Scott Kuggeleijn to finish off the match were reminiscent of Dhoni's best days. He hit four boundaries and a six in all.
The flicked six off Kuggeleijn over backward square leg was a treat for the eyes but their dismissal along with Vijay Shankar's did create a bit of unrest but Pant ensured that they didn't press the panic button.
The innings would certainly help him make a strong case for being included in the World Cup squad.